Throughout the General Sessions you’ll hear about adaptive and transformative leadership practices for leading through the challenges of a pandemic, heightened racial tensions and the movement toward justice and inclusivity. We'll explore how Jesus’ call to love our neighbor is vital and fundamental in addressing the concerns and challenges we face in our communities.

Adam Hamilton

Adam Hamilton is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. He launched Church of the Resurrection with his wife and two children in 1990, and it has grown to become the largest United Methodist Church in the United States with an average weekend attendance of over 12,000.

He was named one of the “Ten people to watch in America’s spiritual landscape” by Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. For his work in racial reconciliation, Adam was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award, as well as numerous other awards for community service.

Adam has written over 25 books, including: The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life, When Christians Get it Wrong, Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, Making Sense of the Bible, and Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times.

Adam and his wife LaVon have been married for over 35 years and have two adult daughters and a granddaughter.

General Session 1: Thursday, 9/24, 10:00am CDT
General Session 4: Thursday, 9/24, 2:00pm CDT

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry is Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, and as Chair of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church and was installed November 1, 2015.

He received a Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, CT. Throughout his ministry, Presiding Bishop Curry has been active in issues of social justice, reconciliation, speaking out on immigration policy and marriage equality.

Presiding Bishop Curry has authored four books: The Power of Love (2018); Following the Way of Jesus: Church’s Teachings in a Changing World (2017); Songs My Grandma Sang (2015); and Crazy Christians:  A Call to Follow Jesus (2013).

In 2018, Religion News Association named Presiding Bishop Curry religion newsmaker of the year.

He is married to the former Sharon Clement, and they have two adult daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth.

General Session 3: Thursday 9/24, 12:45pm

Ronald Heifetz

Ronald Heifetz is the founder of the Center for Public Leadership and is the King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. 

His research focuses on creating a conceptual foundation for the study of leadership, creating teaching, training, and consulting methods for leadership practice, and building the adaptive capacity of organizations and societies.  Heifetz is well-known for developing transformative methods of leadership education and development and co-developed the adaptive leadership framework. 

Heifetz is the author of several books including: Leadership without Easy Answers (1994), Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading (2002); and The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing your Organization and the World (2009).

A graduate of Columbia University, Harvard Medical School and the Kennedy School, Heifetz is a physician and cellist.

General Session 2: Thursday 9/24, 11:15am CDT

Keynote speakers will be featured on Thursday, September 24. We are also excited about the Breakout Session speakers on Friday, September 25.

Conference Schedule

* All times are Central Daylight Time.

Wednesday, September 23

7:00 pm
Optional Worship Experience and Welcome
Day 1

Thursday, September 24

9:00 am
Coffee Talk: Engagement and Networking with Sponsors and Other Attendees
10:00 am
Opening & General Session 1: Rev. Adam Hamilton
11:00 am
11:15 am
General Session 2: Ronald Heifetz
12:15 pm
Lunch Break
12:45 pm
General Session 3: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
2:00 pm
2:15 pm
General Session 4: Rev. Adam Hamilton
3:15 pm
Fellowship Hour: Engagement and Networking with Sponsors and Other Attendees
Day 2

Friday, September 25

9:00 am
Morning Devotion (15 minutes)
9:00 am
Coffee Talk: Engagement and Networking with Sponsors and Other Attendees
10:00 am
Breakout Session 1 followed by Live Q&A
11:15 am
11:30 am
Breakout Session 2 followed by Live Q&A
12:45 pm
Fellowship Hour: Engagement and Networking with Sponsors and Other Attendees
1:45 pm
Conference Ends
PLUS on-demand access to a library of 20+ ministry workshops, available for 1 year!

Registration and Pricing

Your online ticket gives you access to the live-streamed General Sessions and special Breakout Sessions with Live Q&A. You also receive one full year of access to replay the recordings of those General Sessions and Breakouts, plus a library of 20+ additional ministry workshops.

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after September 1
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The purpose of Leadership Institute is to...


Equip yourself and your ministry team with practical ideas at every session that you can use in your own community.


Strengthen your local church by investing in leadership development for your entire ministry team and learning today's strongest leadership growth strategies.


Renew, recommit and regain your passion as a leader to cast a hope-filled vision for the future of your church and community.

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